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Nelson, Garcia focus on game
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10/13/2003  8:58 PM ET 
Nelson, Garcia focus on game
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BOSTON -- Neither Jeff Nelson nor Karim Garcia had heard from Boston police as of Monday with regards to the ninth-inning incident from Game 3, in which the two players were involved in a scuffle with a Red Sox grounds crew employee.

Nelson briefly spoke with reporters in the Yankees dugout before the team took batting practice, saying over and over that he had nothing new to report.

    Jeff Nelson   /   P
Height: 6'8"
Weight: 235
Bats/Throws: R/R

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"It was the last two days. It's all over now. Nothing has changed," Nelson said. "(The investigation) is taking its steps, I guess. That's all I know. Don't worry about it. Worry about the game. You're not going to get anything out of me anymore."

Garcia also refused to comment further on the investigation, though both Torre and GM Brian Cashman said that no players had spoken with police about the incident.

"I have a lawyer right now," Garcia said. "I have no comments about the situation from the ninth inning."

Garcia, who was fined $10,000 by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the bench-clearing incidents in the fourth inning of Game 3, did say that he planned to appeal.

    Karim Garcia   /   OF
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Bats/Throws: L/L

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"All I know is that they fined me $10,000," Garcia said. "I haven't gotten the specifics of the fine, I don't know if it's because of the slide into second base or not. I plan to appeal it, so we'll go from there."

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that both players would have legal representation in the matter, though he refused to say whether the team was providing that for them. He said that no member of the Yankees had been interviewed by Boston police.

"The Boston Police Department is going to do their job and investigate the matter," Cashman said. "Whatever will be, will be."

A spokesperson for the Boston Police Department said Monday that there were no new details in the investigation.

Garcia said that the issue was not distracting him from the series, saying he was "ready to do anything" his team needed from him.

"We're here to play baseball," Garcia said. "It was good to have the day off yesterday, so everybody could settle down a little bit. Today is a different day. Our heads are clear and we're ready to play baseball."

Garcia could start in right field on Tuesday against Derek Lowe, just a short distance from the area where the ninth-inning incident took place. Is he worried about fan reaction in right field?

"Not at all," he said. "The fans here can heckle, but they're pretty good fans. I don't see any problems happening."

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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